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Orthodox Judaism and the Politics of Religion From Pre-War Europe to the State of Israel

Orthodox Judaism and the Politics of Religion From Pre-War Europe to the State of Israel

Author: Daniel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen) Mahla Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/02/2020

In this book, Daniel Mahla examines how nationalizing processes in East and Central Europe and Palestine reshaped observant Jewry into two distinct socio-cultural milieus, ultra-Orthodoxy and national-religious Judaism. Analyzing the intra-religious struggles that led to the emergence of these two societies, which came to fruition soon after the creation of the State of Israel, he investigates the dynamics between them, one staunchly opposed and one highly supportive of Zionism. Mahla shows how religio-political entrepreneurs translated religious norms and values into collective action in order to mobilize traditionalist Jewry, thereby delineating and advancing socio-cultural divisions, and eventually fashioning two distinct Orthodoxies. His book contributes to our understanding of how Judaism transitioned into the modern age.

Blood in the Fields Oscar Romero, Catholic Social Teaching, and Land Reform

Blood in the Fields Oscar Romero, Catholic Social Teaching, and Land Reform

Author: Matthew Philipp Whelan Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

On March 24, 1980, a sniper shot and killed Archbishop Oscar Romero as he celebrated mass. Today, nearly four decades after his death, the world continues to wrestle with the meaning of his witness. Blood in the Fields: Oscar Romero, Catholic Social Teaching, and Land Reform treats Romero's role in one of the central conflicts that seized El Salvador during his time as archbishop and that plunged the coun-try into civil war immediately after his death: the conflict over the con-centration of agricultural land and the exclusion of the majority from access to land to farm. Drawing extensively on historical and archival sources, Blood in the Fields examines how and why Romero advocated for justice in the distribution of land, and the cost he faced in doing so. In contrast to his critics, who understood Romero's calls for land re-form as a communist-inspired assault on private property, Blood in the Fields shows how Romero relied upon what Catholic Social Teaching calls the common destination of created goods, drawing out its impli-cations for what property is and what possessing it entails. For Romero, the pursuit of land reform became part of a more comprehensive pol-itics of common use, prioritizing access of all peoples to God's gift of creation. In this way, Blood in the Fields reveals how close consideration of this conflict over land opened up into a much more expansive moral and theological landscape, in which the struggle for justice in the distribu-tion of land also became a struggle over what it meant to be human, to live in society with others, and even to be a follower of Christ. Under-standing this conflict and its theological stakes helps clarify the mean-ing of Romero's witness and the way God's work to restore creation in Christ is cruciform.

Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit Revised and Updated Second Edition

Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit Revised and Updated Second Edition

Author: Robert Kennedy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

Sufism and the Perfect Human From Ibn 'Arabi to al-Jili

Sufism and the Perfect Human From Ibn 'Arabi to al-Jili

Author: Fitzroy Morrissey Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

Studying the history of the notion of the 'Perfect Human' (al-insan al-kamil), this book investigates a key idea in the history of Sufism. First discussed by Ibn 'Arabi and later treated in greater depth by al-Jili, the idea left its mark on later Islamic mystical, metaphysical, and political thought, from North Africa to Southeast Asia, up until modern times. The research tells the story of the development of that idea from Ibn 'Arabi to al-Jili and beyond. It does so through a thematic study, based on close reading of primary sources in Arabic and Persian, of the key elements of the idea, including the idea that the Perfect Human is a locus of divine manifestation (mazhar), the concept of the 'Pole' (qutb) and the 'Muhammadan Reality' (al-haqiqah al-Muhammadiyyah), and the identity of the Perfect Human. By setting the work of al-Jili against the background of earlier Ibn 'Arabian treatments of the idea, it demonstrates that al-Jili took the idea of the Perfect Human in several new directions, with major consequences for how the Prophet Muhammad - the archetypal Perfect Human - was viewed in later Islamic thought. Introducing readers to the key Sufi idea of the Perfect Human (al-insan al-kamil), this volume will be of interest to scholars and students interested in Sufism, Islam, religion and philosophy.

Women of the Vatican Female Power in a Male World

Women of the Vatican Female Power in a Male World

Author: Lynda Telford Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2020

In this readable and sometimes controversial book, Lynda Telford explores the lives of women who have had personal and unofficial influence at the Vatican over the centuries. The book reveals how they may have coerced or otherwise influenced various Popes into making decisions which may have affected the outcome of Papal rule. Against the background of the history of the papacy, where popes were expected to not only be infallible but also celibate, the author identifies those popes whose love and admiration for women led to giving them a voice, not only in their domestic arrangements but also in matters concerning the Church. The women discussed in this book include Marozia, said to have been the mistress of Pope Sergius III, who appears to have had a violent path to power; and Vanozza dei Catanei, who was the mistress of Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and bore him four children. Rodrigo was thought to have obtained the title of Pope through simony and, although possessed of many engaging qualities, there was no denying his worldliness and determination to ignore the Church's rules on celibacy and chastity. The book reveals how he then took on a mistress, Giulia Farnese, who was able to use her influence to promote the cause of her brother, Alessandro Farnese, who would later become Pope Paul III. The book follows a number of notable and influential women through the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, including Felice della Rovere, Catherine de Medici and Olimpia Pamfilii. The list also includes queens, such as Christina of Sweden, who abdicated her throne and moved to Rome, Empress Maria Teresa of Austria and Empress Catherine of Russia. Although the scandals abated in the nineteenth century, the story picks up again with a nun known as Mother Pasqualina, whose close relationship with Pope Pius XII caused a great deal of talk. Engaging, controversial and sometimes illuminating, this book is ultimately an exploration of the Catholic Church's sometimes fraught relationship with women.

Building Blocks of Religion Critical Applications and Future Prospects

Building Blocks of Religion Critical Applications and Future Prospects

Author: Goeran Larsson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2020

This book introduces and summarises the Building Block Approach to Religious Studies that has been developed and proposed by professor Ann Taves (University of California, Santa Barbara) and associate professor Egil Asprem (Stockholm University). The book opens with a lengthy introduction by Taves and Asprem that describes the Building Block Approach, explains how and why they developed it, and what it can be used for in the study of religions. The introduction by Taves and Asprem is followed by seven responses, comments and critiques that identify pros and cons of the approach suggested by Taves and Asprem. The book ends with a response by Taves and Asprem. The overall aim of the book is to provide a short and user-friendly introduction and critical discussion of the building block approach to religious studies that can be used by undergraduate, graduate and more advanced scholars in the field of religious studies. The aim is to provide a critical primer that addresses how and why scholars of religions should pay attention to the building block approach to religious studies.

Building Blocks of Religion Critical Applications and Future Prospects

Building Blocks of Religion Critical Applications and Future Prospects

Author: Goeran Larsson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/02/2020

This book introduces and summarises the Building Block Approach to Religious Studies that has been developed and proposed by professor Ann Taves (University of California, Santa Barbara) and associate professor Egil Asprem (Stockholm University). The book opens with a lengthy introduction by Taves and Asprem that describes the Building Block Approach, explains how and why they developed it, and what it can be used for in the study of religions. The introduction by Taves and Asprem is followed by seven responses, comments and critiques that identify pros and cons of the approach suggested by Taves and Asprem. The book ends with a response by Taves and Asprem. The overall aim of the book is to provide a short and user-friendly introduction and critical discussion of the building block approach to religious studies that can be used by undergraduate, graduate and more advanced scholars in the field of religious studies. The aim is to provide a critical primer that addresses how and why scholars of religions should pay attention to the building block approach to religious studies.

God, Freedom and Immortality

God, Freedom and Immortality

Author: Jonathan Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Published in 1999, this text offers a comprehensive treatment of the Philosophy of Religion. Its overall conclusions are that, though there is no reason to suppose there is a God, doing something that is not quite believing in god, who, as some mystics think - neither exists nor does not exist, may be valuable for some people.

In Good Faith Schools, Religion and Public Funding

In Good Faith Schools, Religion and Public Funding

Author: Marie Parker-Jenkins, Dimitra Hartas, Barrie A. Irving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

First published in 2005, this timely volume challenges those who see faith schools as contributing positively to the well-being of society and responding to parent choice to think through the implications of September 11 for our multi-ethnic and multi-faith society without taking a position on the ultimate necessity of faith schools. The authors conducted research in several faith-based schools representative both of older religious traditions in England and Wales, and of those which have been more recently established. The focus was on state-funded faith-based schools, but a range were visited to provide an overview of issues facing all faith-based schools, as well as those specific to newly funded institutions.

Acts

Acts

Author: Craig S. (Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky) Keener Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2020

As the earliest narrative source for the origins of Christianity, Acts is of unrivalled importance for understanding early Christianity and the mission that originally brought it from Judea and Galilee to gentiles, and even the heart of the Roman Empire. This volume is an abridged version of Keener's monumental, four-volume commentary on Acts, the longest and one of the most thorough engagements with Acts in its ancient setting. Sensitive to the work's narrative unity, Keener's commentary is especially known for its direct engagement with the wide range of ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman sources. The original commentary cited some 45,000 references from ancient extrabiblical sources to shed light on the Book of Acts. This accessible edition, aimed at students, scholars, and pastors, makes more widely available the decades of research that Keener has devoted to one of the key texts of Early Christianity.

Acts

Acts

Author: Craig S. (Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky) Keener Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2020

As the earliest narrative source for the origins of Christianity, Acts is of unrivalled importance for understanding early Christianity and the mission that originally brought it from Judea and Galilee to gentiles, and even the heart of the Roman Empire. This volume is an abridged version of Keener's monumental, four-volume commentary on Acts, the longest and one of the most thorough engagements with Acts in its ancient setting. Sensitive to the work's narrative unity, Keener's commentary is especially known for its direct engagement with the wide range of ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman sources. The original commentary cited some 45,000 references from ancient extrabiblical sources to shed light on the Book of Acts. This accessible edition, aimed at students, scholars, and pastors, makes more widely available the decades of research that Keener has devoted to one of the key texts of Early Christianity.

Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts

Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts

Author: Sarah Covington Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2020

The Reformation was one of the defining cultural turning points in Western history, even if there is a longstanding stereotype that Protestants did away with art and material culture. Rather than reject art and aestheticism, Protestants developed their own aesthetic values, which Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts addresses as it identifies and explains the link between theological aesthetics and the arts within a Protestant framework across five-hundred years of history. Featuring essays from an international gathering of leading experts working across a diverse set of disciplines, Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts is the first study of its kind, containing essays that address Protestantism and the fine arts (visual art, music, literature, and architecture), and historical and contemporary Protestant theological perspectives on the subject of beauty and imagination. Contributors challenge accepted preconceptions relating to the boundaries of theological aesthetics and religiously determined art; disrupt traditional understandings of periodization and disciplinarity; and seek to open rich avenues for new fields of research. Building on renewed interest in Protestantism in the study of religion and modernity and the return to aesthetics in Christian theological inquiry, this volume will be of significant interest to scholars of Theology, Aesthetics, Art and Architectural History, Literary Criticism, and Religious History.